Because the most accurate and fair review of the facts can best be accomplished when all parties are present, the respondent and complainant are strongly encouraged to attend and participate. If an individual does not choose to attend a hearing, the charges will be reviewed as scheduled on the basis of the information available, and a decision will be made. Although no inference may be drawn against a student for failing to attend a hearing or remaining silent, the hearing will proceed and the conclusion will be based on the evidence presented. No decision shall be based solely on the failure of the respondent or the complainant to attend the hearing or answer the charges.
(Board approval dates: 3/2/2001, 4/8/2016)